• Bertrand Richert
  • Nilton Di Chiacchio
  • Marie Caucanas
  • Nilton Gioia Di Chiacchio


Performing successful nail surgery requires a comprehensive knowledge of nail anatomy and physiology. Understanding both the vascular and neural pathways supplying the nail complex, the functions and relationship of each component of the nail unit is also essential. The preoperative consultation is mandatory as it allows a detailed evaluation of the patient as well as a full information about the procedure and post operative evolution. The nail surgeon should use adequate instruments for nail surgery and be aware of the techniques and tips allowing an efficient anesthesia with minimal patient discomfort. Post operative procedure includes the proper use of painkillers and wound care. As for any kind of surgery, the operator needs to prevent and handle any complication that may occur during follow-up.


Nail Anatomy Nail instruments Nail unit anesthesia Dressings 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bertrand Richert
    • 1
  • Nilton Di Chiacchio
    • 2
  • Marie Caucanas
    • 3
  • Nilton Gioia Di Chiacchio
    • 4
  1. 1.CHU BrugmannUniversité Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Dermatology ClinicHospital do Servidor Público MunicipalSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Clinique St Jean LanguedocToulouseFrance
  4. 4.Hospital do Servidor Público MunicipalSão PauloBrazil

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